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FINANCIAL AIDE: Phil Auger, a former school superintendent, launched Grants New England in North Kingstown last July to help nonprofits find and apply for funding.

Former school superintendent now focused on helping nonprofits get funding

Countless nonprofits and school organizations rely on grants to fund their work. But applying for these grants often means leaders must take time away...
FAMILY FUN: Derek Savas, left, and Aryn Hawks are anxious to open their new miniature golf course Lucky Puttz in Middletown. 

Lucky Puttz brings mini golf to Aquidneck Island

Business partners Aryn Hawks and Derek Savas could have opened a certain moneymaker with their purchase of a vacant lot on Valley Road in...
GROWING DEMAND: Co-owners Samantha Fontanez, left, and Shalika Shoulders had demand behind their plant store, Botanical Bar in Providence, when it opened in January. 

Botanical Bar owners sharing their passion for plants

Tucked away in Providence’s West End, the Botanical Bar isn’t a business you typically stumble across. Getting to the speakeasy-style plant store requires some...
SPECIALTY SHOP: Tyler and Anna Burnley, left, and Chad Hoffer, right, opened Utility in Middletown, a store that sells unique kitchen tools, cookware and pantry items. 

Unique kitchen tools, cookware for chefs and hosts

As one of the operators of Mission Burger and Thames Street Kitchen, Anna Burnley knows there are some kitchen tools that culinary professionals simply...
ONE-ON-ONE: Jenny Gaynor, owner of Calm Education, reads to her daughter, Ella. Gaynor coaches kids in social and emotional learning. 

Gaynor teaches calming techniques to ensure students are ready to learn

Jenny Gaynor was a successful elementary school teacher for nearly two decades before setting her sights on a second career. “Education is more than stuffing...
MAN OF NOTE: After a battle with cancer, Tom Lovett decided to follow his passion and turn his hobby of building and repairing amplifiers into a business. 

Starting an amp business sounds sweet

Tom Lovett first began learning the ins and outs of amplifiers out of necessity – having picked up guitar playing at 11 years old,...
BETTER TOGETHER: Shannon Sexton Potter opened the UpRiseHer coworking space in Providence last July to help women build a community and empower one another. 

She wants to help women connect, thrive and ‘energize their lives’

Walking into one of the rooms at UpRiseHer is almost like walking into your own living room. Warm colors, patterned chairs, soft pillows and,...
QUICK SHOTS: Olga Enger in her Studio Newport space with her latest addition to her business, the Flash Photobooth.

Portrait photos in a flash

As the owner of Studio Newport, Olga Enger is no stranger to portrait photography, work that involves extensive preparation, from makeup to lighting. The Newport-based...
HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE: Ricky Acain launched Sonny Nation Dog Food Co. in Middletown after he started making “human grade” food for his dogs when he discovered their stomachs weren’t reacting well to the kibble he fed them. 

Sonny Nation offers from-scratch dog food made with local ingredients

As a private chef, Ricky Acain is well accustomed to culinary creations for humans. But it wasn’t until recently that he applied his skill...
HIGHFLIER: Kyle Phillips, owner of Flyt Imaging LLC, with one of his drones at his home in Cranston.

Former paratrooper still finds aerial thrills while staying grounded

As a young paratrooper, Kyle Phillips routinely saw the world from 1,300 feet, skydiving out of a C-130 aircraft. As a licensed commercial drone pilot,...
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